To gawkers and passers-by of a total NCAA compliance train wreck, embarrassing details are the icing, sprinkles, syrup, and cherry on top of the sanction sundae. Kind of like the reports that Tim Floyd personally delivered at least $1,000 to a recruit at USC; there’s a schaudenfreudic glee to throwing up your hands and just asking how a coach is going to do that.
And then, oh, Memphis. Currently embroiled in their own NCAA mess, the Tigers should probably be actively endorsing the strength of their compliance department. We’re not sure what the first step of that process is, but it can’t possibly be taking the page down.
As far as this Derrick Rose situation goes, by the way, it’s tough to say what exactly Memphis did wrong. Assuming that Rose’s SAT score was indeed fraudulent, as the College Board has declared by invalidating his score, then yes, he was ineligible. Therefore, Memphis’ wins have to be vacated.
That said, even though Memphis found out about this situation over a year ago and it’s just now coming out, what were they supposed to do? The season was already over when word came in from the NCAA, and Rose never played another game for the team (not that he was planning to or anything, but just saying). After all, the NCAA isn’t claiming that John Calipari arranged the surrogate-testing thing; he’s not listed on the report.
Now granted, the fact that Robert Dozier only went to Memphis because Georgia refused to enroll him on account of a fishy SAT of his own would start to indicate a pattern of misbehavior. But the burden of proof is on the NCAA, and to Memphis’ credit, they know exactly who to emulate to absolve themselves of blame: